Meaning of animal rationale in English:

animal rationale

Pronunciation /ˈanɪmal raʃəˈnɑːli/


  • Man distinguished from other animals as a thinking and reasoning creature.


Late Middle English. From post-classical Latin animal rationale (early 3rd century in Tertullian) from classical Latin animal + ratiōnāle, neuter of ratiōnālis; compare Seneca Epistulae 41. 8 rationale…animal est homo ‘man is a rational animal’.